INTERVIEW WITH AUSSIE ARTIST/GRAPHIC DESIGNER MARK DREW

INTERVIEW WITH AUSSIE ARTIST/GRAPHIC DESIGNER MARK DREW

24th August 2013 // By Charis Lee // Design

Mark Drew, nicknamed Chronic, is an Aussie Artist/Graphic Designer based in Japan. He owns China Heights gallery located in the heart of Surry Hills and is basically living the dream - for some at least; I know I’d be pretty damn happy if I were working independently from my own studio in Tokyo and managing a gallery in Sydney…

Artist & Graphic Designer Mark Drew How did we meet? I’d heard about him through my “skater” friends long before I had the pleasure of meeting him in person. First time we met he was at his first solo show of the year “Deez Nuts” - a raging success with his pieces flying out the door. Where do you hail from? Sydney. Part one was the North-West, part two was Surry Hills. Where’s your hideaway? The river … (what river? where is the river???) As a child what was your dream career? Train driver or artist. What do you love about Sydney? It’s pretty chill… What’s your hidden talent? I can recall every scene from the first 12 seasons of The Simpsons, in minute detail. Being based in Japan, where’s your favourite watering hole? Public drinking is no problem here, so I like to drink in the street or the park. It’s like I’m 15. Actually a lot of my pastimes are like I’m 15… That’s’ the way to be sometimes - I think we grow up too fast and people lose their childhood, we grow up and forget what’s important, always chasing money and letting it takeover our lives - addicted to the rat race. What’s your favourite drink? ¥88 発泡酒 a Japanese wheat beer. What’s your favourite food? I get a lot of good variety, living in Tokyo - but it’s always good to have a piece of Vegemite toast. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten? I don’t really go out for the weird stuff. I had cheeseburger “sushi” recently - I guess that was pretty weird (and good). Gourmet burgers are kind of a thing here, so it makes sense that the Japanese would combine the two, sooner or later. Oh, I drank a “Salty Watermelon” Pepsi; that was pretty weird and good. It was a special, just for Summer. What was your most memorable travel experience? 1992 West Coast America family trip - I was 14, and my sister was 12 - we kept daily diaries, and took a bunch of photos - I’m currently putting it together to publish, as it’s more or less the 20-year anniversary this week. Pet Peeves? Jerks. Just be decent. Fashion trends that irk you? I’m not going to rain on any parades - dress how ever you like! Favourite time killers? Uploading Japanese character signage to Instagram. @markchronic What’s your biggest indulgence in life? THE INTERNET Who’s on your top 10 most played iTunes playlist? Jose Gonzalez is the most played, apparently. Not sure how that happened! Followed by: Nate Dogg, M.O.P, Funkdoobiest, Beastie Boys, DJ Cam, Double XX Posse, The Beatnuts, Ice Cube and Big L. How would you describe your perfect day? When I was younger, and there would be a blackout - that was really fun. You could get out of your homework, and just forget about everything for a bit, and the next day it would be like “well, there was a blackout!” And everyone would be in the same boat. Imagine if there was a worldwide blackout, apart from the carnage, maybe that would make for a nice day? What philosophy do you live by? [We’re] not getting any younger … Image Credit: ‘TOM WAITS THEMED GROUP EXHIBITION’ - HAND FINISHED A3 PRINTS (2012)Mark Drew, China Heights Gallery

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